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Kaparot

LOOK: Reddit Shows How Kaparot Chickens Feel

Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion

The Jewish chicken-swinging atonement ritual of Kaparot can't be much fun for the chickens involved. In fact, this one looks downright angry: ...

VIDEO: A Rabbi's Plea: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Today, because it is impossible to do it in a kosher way, we must perform the ritual with money. Rabbinic sources including the Chayei Adam and Mishna Berurah are clear that when the ritual cannot be performed in a kosher way it is preferable to use money.

Rabbi Calls For Better Treatment Of Chickens Used In Yom Kippur Ritual

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion

In response to complaints from animal rights activists, Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi has called for better treatment of the chickens that are held a...

Kaparot: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

I once was enamored of this ancient ritual whereby the sins of a person are symbolically transferred to the chicken, which is then slaughtered and given to the poor to eat. It was exotic. But no more. I find it reprehensible for Jews to behave this way to animals.

Kaparot: The Jewish Chicken-Waving Ritual To Absolve Sins (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

Yom Kippur, the Jewish fast-day of repentance, begins at sundown on Friday (Oct. 7), and some Jews are preparing with ... chickens? The Kaparot rit...

Kaparot: Yom Kippur In Crown Heights (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Photographer Matt Rodigheri has been documenting the Orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights for a year. Kaparot, or "Atonement" is a custom per...